Will be shipped to South Africa
Alstom’s Lapa manufacturing plant in Brazil has timely manufactured the first complete body-shell of the twenty X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains currently under production in the site as part of its 600-trains contract with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
Seven months after the financial close of the €4 billion contract between Alstom and PRASA, the project is well under way, with the manufacturing proceeding smoothly and Gibela, the local joint venture, created to execute the PRASA contract, up and running.
The first 20 trains are being built in Alstom plant in Lapa, Brazil to assure necessary skills training to the South African teams ahead of the opening of a purpose-built local manufacturing facility in Dunnottar. South-African commodity suppliers have been involved in the manufacturing of this first body-shell.
This first stainless steel body-shell is now ready to start the fitting phase, after which, by the end of 2015, the first complete Prasa train will be shipped to South Africa for an intensive testing program, before it can enter into revenue service by June 2016.
“We are glad to have achieved the important milestone of the handover of the body-shell and thereby to have reassured the trust placed in us by PRASA. Both Gibela and Alstom teams, in South Africa, are strongly committed to delivering the trains on time and to the complete satisfaction of PRASA ”, says Marc Granger, CEO of Gibela.
X’Trapolis Mega. commuter train
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